- Two repentant bandits have given themselves up to the Katsina state government
- The bandits also relinquished many weapons including 10 AK-47 rifles as security operatives launched a ruthless onslaught
- Meanwhile, Governor Aminu Masari has declared that his administration will not negotiate with any bandit group
Aminu Bello Masari, governor of Katsina, has declared that his administration is not ready to negotiate with bandits attacking vulnerable communities in the state.
The governor made this known on Wednesday, November 4, when he was presented with two repentant bandits by the state’s heads of security agencies.
Legit.ng gathers that the repentant bandits also relinquished their weapons including 10 AK-47 rifles.
This is coming on the heels of the Nigerian government's assurance that the nation’s armed forces are fully capable of dealing with the challenges of banditry and terrorism.
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Speaking via a release signed by his director general of media, Abdu Labaran Malunfashi, Governor Masari said he has given directives to the security personnel to deal with bandits "ruthlessly."
According to him, kidnapping for ransom, r*pe, arson and cattle rustling executed by the bandits will not be taken with a kid glove. He said they remain enemies who deserve to be dealt with accordingly.
“I’ve instructed the security operatives to deal ruthlessly with the bandits until they are rendered permanently ineffective."
Masari assured that the government will be ready to receive, "forgive and rehabilitate repentant bandits" provided they surrendered their weapons.
Meanwhile, 22 farmers were said to have been kidnapped again by bandits in Jibia local government area of Katsina.
A resident whose name was not mentioned said the farmers were abducted at Sabon Garin Mallamawa, Garin gado, Kwari, Gurbin Magarya and Tsauni villages.
He said 33 cattle were also rustled in the area, particularly in Gurbin Magarya village.
The spokesman of the Katsina police command, Gambo Isah, said efforts were ongoing to rescue the captives.
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Source: Legit Newspaper